Fall #HarvestFun for Island Dwellers: M&M’s Bark and Mott’s Apple Cider

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Can you believe it’s almost fall? Football season is here. Soon the leaves will be turning and the weather will be getting cooler. Oh wait. That doesn’t happen here until late December. 

And the leaves never change colors. Sometimes I miss that. 

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t miss the cold temps at all. I hate them for the brief time they visit the island each year. But I miss the seasons that I knew as a child. I remember raking leaves, jumping in piles to mess them up, only to rake them up again. I remember brisk Halloweens bundling up under my costume to Trick or Treat. I remember football games during high school, cheering while I shivered. And I remember hot apple cider and warm baked fall treats. 

But I live in Southeast Texas. We don’t see the leaves change, palms stay green all year. We don’t do a lot of “hot” treats. My kids really don’t know what seasons are other than hot, and cold for a couple of months. There’s no in between. So I wanted to bring some colors of fall to our home and I wanted to do it Texas style. 

In Texas, fall is all about football and fun. It is what it is. Hook ’em Horns. Go Texans. So this weekend, I brought fall home since it doesn’t technically visit us.
When I was shopping at Walmart, I found the elusive M&M’s White Chocolate Candy Corn Candies I’ve been searching for. THEY DO EXIST! I had a fun treat in mind to keep the kids happy with the colors of fall and their favorite candy. These little guys were the star of the show. And the beauty? Since it’s hot here in the fall, I didn’t have to bake to make this sweet treat.
I found a recipe card in a magazine and revised it quite a bit to suit our tastes. The kids and adults alike loved this Fall Harvest Fun Bark and it was so simple to make it’s ridiculous!

What You’ll Need:
  • 2 tspn no salt butter
  • 1 1/2 lbs white candy coating
  • 1/2 cup pretzels, coarsely chopped
  • 10 Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup M&M’s White Chocolate Candy Corn Candies
  • 1 cup peanut M&M’s
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate M&M’s
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter M&M’s
Line a 15x10x1 inch baking dish with foil. Grease the foil with butter. Melt the white candy coating in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir until smooth and spread in lined pan. Sprinkle with remaining ingredients and press into candy coating. Let stand for an hour. Break into pieces and store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator (if everyone doesn’t gobble it up immediately)

Now let’s get back to this hot apple cider from my childhood I told you about earlier. That cider was great when I was a kid. It was really cold in the fall in Upstate New York. But I’m grown. And it’s not cold. So here’s my take on fall not-so-hot (in temperature but pretty hot in the taste arena) apple cider.
First, let me explain, good cider starts with good apple juice and there is none better than Mott’s 100% Apple Juice. So let’s start there.

Fall Apple Cider – Texas Style:

What you’ll need:
  • 1 gallon Mott’s Apple Juice
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 8 cinnamon sticks
Mix all of the ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil. We do it on the grill because, well, that’s what you do in Texas. Everything tastes better on the grill. Once you have a good boil, remove and let it stand until cool, funnel into bottles, and chill. This makes 3 full bottles which should last you a good, long time. Enjoy. 

And there you have it folks. A true Texas fall (with an upstate NY twist). Happy fall y’all!
How do you enjoy the seasons? Do you have any favorite fall recipes you’d care to share? What are your family traditions? What’s football season without some snacks and a little cider, right?

For more awesome ideas for fall entertaining, head over to Pinterest to check these out.

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Christy Gossett, managing editor of SoFabFood and creator of the healthy living blog, Insanity Is Not An Option, is a WAHM of 6 kids ranging in age from 27 to 8. She enjoys sharing her heart-healthy, low sodium recipes to help others with dietary restrictions enjoy a flavorful life while maintaining a healthy diet.

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  1. melissa pezza says:

    Oh my goodness! This looks absolutely delicious! Perfect for the fall!

  2. Yup. We’re making fall happen (in 90 degree weather).

  3. The bark looks awesome, and I would love try that Texas Style Apple Cider!

  4. Both turned out really well. The cider is a bit stout for me but B loves it!

  5. It scares me a little bit too but all of the guys down at the pool seem to love that stuff!

  6. Ok, it’s now almost midnight, and all I can think about are peanut butter M&M’s. Dang it, Christy, must have chocolate! LOL Seriously, this looks heavenly. And that apple cider looks delicious. Thank you for sharing on Inspire Me Wednesday!